It’s hump day and it’s been 1 day since the Lorbach’s have been in the ER. It almost feels like a new record after our recent run of ER visits. After all, in two weeks we’ve been to two urgent cares and three ERs. We told Goalielocks that he’s tapped out on ER visits for the year after last night. I wish the doctor visits were over, but to ensure Goalielocks’ continued we’ll be seeing a concussion expert at Children’s Hospital, his primary care doctor and a chiropractor. We’ve been so focused on the head injury that I want to make sure we rule out any injury to his neck or cervical spine that may be causing the headaches.
The fact is concussions and their ramifications are quite scary. If he were to go back to hockey too early and get hurt, it could sideline him for another 6 months, sideline him forever from contact sports or worse. He, of course, is fourteen and love his sport, so he’s anxious to get back. Fortunately, the ER doctors have been quite explicit with him about the dangers of returning too early. In the meantime, we’re treating the headaches with ibuprofen, Tylenol, rest and essential oils. (Thanks for the recommendation DA.)
Meanwhile, I’m physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting. The ER visits, worrying about a potential brain bleed (twice), being in the ER away from home, worrying about the concussion and his recovery and anticipating the medical bills has taken quite the toll. At last last night, I had the hubby with me, so I wasn’t alone in the experience or stress of it all. Importantly, the clear CT scan erased any worries about the presence of brain bleed. The CT scan provided peace of mind that was needed after the mix up in New Hampshire and Boston
Today was a much better day for Goalielocks as the ibuprofen has been very effective in controlling his headaches. Today is also my SIL’s 40th birthday. Happy birthday M! As the Mayor said in the car tonight, “There’s no way M’s 40. She doesn’t look a day over 37. ” It was super sweet. My boys love their aunt and wish we could be with her (and their cousins of course) to celebrate her birthday.